Inside: Does your medicine cabinet need a makeover? Check out these simple tips to organize your medicine cabinet. You will love how easy it is to find what you need quickly.
Years ago I spent a bunch of time organizing and decluttering our medicines.
I sorted and labeled everything in to shoebox sized bins that looked so cute.
I was so happy about how nice everything looked for about 3 months. Unfortuntly, I realized that the bins just didn't work for use.
When we were sick and not feeling well the last thing we felt like doing was putting the medicine back in the bins. I found more times than not we just left the medicine on the shelf to sit.
Before long, the medicine was once again a hot mess.
Recently I redid the medicine cabinet with an easy solution that works for us. I have been so happy that it looks and has stayed organized.
If you are dealing with a messy medicine cabinet check out these simple tips to organize your medicine cabinet.
Simple Tips To Organize Your Medicine Cabinet
With the simple tips below you can quickly get your medicine cabinet organized.
I recommend doing it in four steps. Declutter, group everything together, find containers, and label everything.
It doesn't have to take a lot of time and will make a big difference. Especially when you need to find medicine in the middle of the night!
Declutter Your Medicine Cabinet
To organize your medicine always start by decluttering. I am always amazed at how much expired meds I always find when I declutter.
Usually my family uses up Tylennol or other pain meds before they expire, but we have prescription meds that have long since expired.
Check each medication to make sure it hasn't expired. Also, if there is something you don't use anymore get rid of it too.
There are a few ways you can dispose of old medication. You can drop it off at a drug take back location or you can throw away/flush some meds.
To see a list of what medications should be thrown out vs. flushed in the toilet check out this list from the FDA here.
If any of the medications that you regularly use are outdated make sure you add them to your shopping list so you have them on hand for the next time you need them.
Sort Medicine Into Groups
Next, I recommend sorting everything into groups.
How you sort everything depends on your family. For my family, I didn't need a kids section since my baby is 18 years old. 😉
I like to have a pain meds section, first aid section, allergy section, cold and flu section, and then just other meds.
You can make small piles on a table to decide what groups you want to use.
By grouping all your meds it makes it way easier to find things when you need it. After all at two in the morning when someone is sick you don't want to spend 10 minutes looking for a medication.
Choose Containers To Organize Your Medicine
Once you have everything sorted into groups you can choose some containers to store you medicine in.
Think about what will work well for your family. I quickly found out that containers with lids didn't work for us. We were way too lazy to put the lids back on.
I have seen lots of people use these clear containers that stack in the medicine cabinet.
I decided to use a lazy susan for our meds and it works great! This may not work so well if you have a lot of medications but for us it is easy to find our meds and keeps them sorted into catigories.
I use this container that I picked up on Amazon and I love it! It even has a spot in the middle that holds our thermometers.
Make sure whatever you buy is large enough to hold each group of medications.
Wash and clean your containers and then load them up with the medicine.
Last thing you need to do to organize your medicine cabinet is to label everthing.
Take a few minutes to label each of the bins or sections so you know what group it is. It makes things so much easier to find when you need it in a hurry.
I also like to label all prescription medication. I just put a label on that says what we use it for and who it belongs to if it doesn't have a name on it.
That way we don't get confused or get medicine mixed up. Once you have everything labeled you are done! Hopefully your organized medicine cabinet will help make life easier.
Being sick and needing meds is never fun, but having everything organized so you have it when you need it can help make it easier.
Want some more decluttering and organizing tips? Check out the 7 day decluttering challenge to really get your home organized and decluttered.